Mayor Bo­rys Fi­la­tov's plans to make Dnipro, Ukraine's No. 3 city, great again

Kyiv Post Legal Quarterly - - Contents - BY JOSH KOVEN­SKY KOVEN­SKY@KYIVPOST.COM

DNIPRO, 391 birth­place kilo­me­ters Ukraine of the south­east mix­ture — This of city of cap­i­tal­ism Kyiv, of 976,500, is and the po­lit­i­cal clout that char­ac­ter­izes Ukraine. Thanks to its big busi­nesses and big fraud­sters — state-owned Pri­vat­bank, na­tional dis­count su­per­mar­ket net­work ATB, and Vic­tor Pinchuk’s steel mill, In­ter­pipe — the city has grown wealthy over 25 years of in­de­pen­dence. With 10 per­cent of Ukraine’s gross na­tional prod­uct and $3.2 bil­lion in an­nual trade — ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the mayor’s of­fice — Dnipro is a pow­er­house of the Ukrainian econ­omy. “I’m the mayor of a mil­lion-per­son city, and I need to re­main friends with ev­ery­one,” says Mayor Bo­rys Fi­la­tov, him­self a mul­ti­mil­lion­aire. “But not be­cause I’m scared.” Fi­la­tov has a plan to turn Dnipro into “the city of the fu­ture.” In his view, that means a Sotheby’scu­rated mod­ern art mu­seum on the level of the Bil­bao Guggen­heim. He claims to be in talks with the Zaha Ha­did’s project of­fice to de­sign sta­tions for the city’s metro, which has been un­der con­struc­tion since the era of Soviet leader Leonid Brezh­nev. Fi­la­tov says he’s got­ten in­spi­ra­tion from his un­of­fi­cial ad­vi­sor and close friend

Dnipro Mayor Bo­rys Fi­la­tov grins in his down­town of­fice. Fi­la­tov aims to turn Dnipro into the "city of the fu­ture," pri­or­i­tiz­ing the build­ing of metro sta­tions and other city in­fra­struc­ture amid an on­go­ing "trash war" with the city coun­cil. (Kostyan­tyn Ch­er­nichkin)

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